Watermelon Applique Block

My mother came from a large family. My bushia had 13 children, 10 lived long enough to have their own families. It was awesome being a part of something so large and loving! Every summer we would gather together at a local park and have a family picnic. You couldn't really call it a reunion, because we saw each other frequently, but this was always one of my favorite days during the year.

I think the best part of the day was when my Uncle Frank would take many of us on a short walk down to the river. He would always let us sit on the bridge, something our mothers would NEVER have allowed! Looking back, perhaps Uncle Frank wasn't behaving in the most responsible manner, but... none of us ever fell in... so, all in all, just a great memory. 

Once, he brought along a bucket of sliced watermelon pieces and taught us how to spit the seeds to get awesome distance! So, there we sat on the bridge, munching melon and spitting seeds into the river. Not meaning to brag, but I was (and still am) an awesome watermelon...Read more

Folk Art Inspired Cork Horse

We made these adorable Folk Art inspired Cork Horses to go along with our State Studies Kentucky week. The horses have now moved into the girls' farm play center and have adjusted nicely. ;)

Materials:

  • 2 wine corks
  • tooth picks
  • craft glue or hot glue gun
  • scrap yarn and felt
  • craft knife and cutting board
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • optional: craft paint & paint brush

The first step is for parents only... the rest the kids can pretty much do on their own. Use a sharp craft knife to cut off about 1/4 - 1/3 off the end of one cork to be used for your horse's head. If your cork tappers, cut off the fatter end and the tapper will make a nice nose for your horse. Then cut the piece you just removed into 4 pieces to use as hooves.

Stick a tooth pick into each hoof to make legs. Make sure they can stand up.

Push the other end...Read more

Stretchy Bandana Headband

My girls and I are loving these super easy to make Stretchy Bandana styled Headbands. They are perfect for playing outside in the summer. They keep your hair out of your face and the sun off the top of your head. They take just a bit of fabric and about 15 minutes to make. This pattern is essentially a simplified version of our Handkerchief Bandana Pattern. We have quite a collection of colorful stretchy bandana headbands now!

Materials:

  • 1/2 yd of cotton fabric (half yard will make two)
  • 1/4 wide elastic

Cut out a 16" square of fabric.

Fold it over on the diagonal, right sides together. Sew up both sides. It is ok to go all the way to the edge.

Lay out your triangle with the long side on a straight edge and cut off 2" from each corner, perpendicular to the long side.

Flip your banana right sides out. You can use a knitting needle or similar to poke out...Read more

Peach Pit Strawberries

The other day I shared a post about my love for strawberries, although I was very allergic to fresh strawberries when I was a little girl. So, I guess you can say I had strawberries on my brain. It reminded of the song "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" that my dad use to sing when I was young. It was a song from 1931, and was telling people that were living through The Great Depression in the United States, to take heart, and to still enjoy life. I was singing the song, but replacing "strawberries" for "cherries". 

Life is just a bowl of cherries (strawberries).

Don't take it serious; it's too mysterious.

You work, you save, you worry so,

But you can't take your dough when you go, go, go.



So keep...Read more

Hand Dipped Beeswax Candles

 

We spent a lovely day yesterday at one of our favorite places, Greenfield Village. The weather looked a bit iffy in the morning, following a series of bad storms the night before, which seemed to delay the crowds until later in the afternoon. For the first couple of hours we were able to meander through the village chatting with all of the period dressed workers. The highlight of the day for the kids was making hand dipped beeswax candles in colonial fashion.

Since I imagine we will be making these again at home sometime soon, I thought I would go over the process of how to make Hand Dipped Beeswax Candles.

There was a large pot of melted beeswax sitting over hot coals and another pot filled with cool water. To start with each of the kids was handed a dowel rod that had two wicks attached. They prepped their wicks by letting the wicks hang down into the pot of melted wax for a minute.

Then they took their started candles...Read more

For the Love of Strawberries

When I was a little girl, I LOVED strawberries. I loved the way they tasted, I love the way they looked, and I loved that inevitable trickle of juice that meandered down my chin when I took a bite, only to be cleared away with a swipe of my tongue. Strawberries were sun and summer and long afternoons in my girlfriend's backyard, where a strawberry tier overflowed with these scarlet gems!

One problem... I was very allergic to strawberries. Fortunately, my throat didn't shut down, but within minutes of eating a fresh strawberry, my face swelled up, becoming red and blotchy, and I turned into the strawberry version of Willy Wonka's "blueberried" Violet Beauregarde.

Now, life is short, and sometimes a swollen face is worth a mouthful of succulent strawberries... my mother disagreed. She was fearful, that one of these days, it would turn into a life threatening allergic reaction, and no berry, no matter how tasty, was worth that. Funny thing, I could eat frozen strawberries, the kind that come out all...Read more

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